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Information for the community – Updated guidelines from 27 July 2021
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Coming to Hospital – For Women

If you are expecting a baby, this page describes when you might need to contact the hospital, and what you will need to bring with you.

You should contact the hospital if:

  • your water breaks (even though you may not be experiencing contractions)
  • your contractions are regular
  • you are experiencing increasing abdominal discomfort
  • you have any blood loss
  • your baby's movements have changed
  • you are uncertain about what is happening
  • you are concerned or anxious.

If possible please telephone before coming to Hospital

  • To speak to the midwife in the Women's Assessment Service, call (08) 8161 7530 or (08) 8161 7535

If you are being cared for by Midwifery Group Practice, please contact the hospital switchboard (phone (08) 8161 7000) and ask to have your midwife paged.


On arrival, please present to the come to the Women's Assessment Service, or go to the Admission Desk, Ground Floor, Queen Victoria Building if advised to do so.

What to bring to hospital

Please view the following document (Page 8 – 'What to bring to the hospital'):

For you:

  • your Pregnancy Hand Held Record
  • your birth plan (optional)
  • things you choose to use in labour (this will be discussed in antenatal classes)
  • casual clothes to wear during the day if desired
  • 2 night dresses (minimum)
  • dressing gown and slippers
  • 2 maternity bras
  • plenty of comfortable underpants
  • cordial if desired
  • pen
  • toiletries, eg soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 1 large box of tissues
  • 1 box of nipple pads/washable nursing pads
  • 4 packets sanitary pads
  • your own pillow, if desired.

For your baby:

  • 40 disposable nappies (cloth nappies are provided by the hospital if you do not wish to use disposable nappies)
  • fasteners/nappy pins if you prefer to use cloth nappies
  • 6 pilchers (not plastic) if using cloth nappies
  • baby care products for your baby whilst in hospital, for example baby wipes and gentle lotions or creams (optional)
  • mittens (optional)

We encourage you to breastfeed but if you choose not to, please bring one tin of infant feeding formula, 2 feeding bottles, screw caps and teats.

Disinfecting containers and anti-bacterial solution to sterilise bottles are provided for use whilst in hospital.

To take your baby home

  • 1 singlet
  • 1 nightgown or outfit
  • 1 baby jacket (optional)
  • 1 shawl or blanket
  • disposable or cloth nappies and two safety pins, plastic clips or fasteners and pilchers
  • mittens (optional)
  • 1 baby capsule or baby restraint for transport home – these can be hired from Australian Red Cross.

Please note that there are no secure places for storing valuables at the hospital. All your belongings remain your responsibility. For safety and security reasons, please do not bring personal electrical equipment, including mobile phones.